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Venkaiah Naidu lauds Punjab and Haryana for providing infrastructure to sportspersons

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While complimenting the Indian contingent for their “commendable performance” in the Tokyo Olympics, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday lauded Punjab and Haryana for providing right kind of infrastructure for sportspersons.

“Forty per cent of the members of the Indian contingent were from Punjab and Haryana,” Naidu said, adding that “other states should emulate Punjab and Haryana” in creating infrastructure for sportspersons.

Earlier, Naidu paid homage to the martyrs of the Quit India movement saying Gandhiji had given a call for the movement this day (August 9) in 1942. Members of the House observed a two-minute silence in memory of the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for liberating country from the British rule.

Later, senior Congress member Anand Sharma said Naidu should have mentioned that the resolution to give call for the Quit India movement was first passed in the Congress session in Mumbai.

Naidu said all these were facts of history and urged the members to cooperate for the smooth conduct of the House. He also announced that he had received notices from “seven/eight members” under Rule 267. Some of these notices were for discussion on Pegasus, some were for discussing farmers’ issue while some were for discussing floods caused by heavy rains in certain parts of the country.

Naidu said that he had admitted notices under Rule 267 for discussing farmers’ issue and had already informed the government regarding his decision. This led to repeated cries from opposition members, saying, “Pegasus, Pegasus…”

Naidu then adjourned the House till noon.

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